New Year Greetings
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful holiday season and the start of the New Year.
My role and purpose as Kaicho (President) of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai is 1) To spread the teachings of Ki Aikido, 2) To train and help Instructors progress and teach well, 3) Contribute to the Community.
As of January 2015, there are more than 400 Dojos and active classes as well as 300 Instructors teaching in Japan.
Japanese instructors nationwide participate and attend instructor Seminars held in various venues to further their learning and understanding of Ki Principles, and to improve on Aikido art techniques. We are hoping this will improve the teaching skills of our Instructors. In addition, Risk Management Seminars are also held to reduce the rate of Injuries and Risk so that Dojos / Aikido classes can be managed well for members to be able to practice and attend classes safely.
The most important thing we ask from our Instructors is not based on what Dan they have obtained or how much teaching experience they have, but that only those who continue learning and training can be authorized to continue teaching.
Of course having knowledge on Aikido techniques is important, but personality and communication skills are also important qualities Instructors must have when teaching and leading classes in Dojos.
This is why in Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai we believe that Instructor Seminars are very important for Instructors and this is also when I have a chance to directly communicate and teach Instructors around Japan.
I will continue to further my teachings and gather more chances to teach and continue working on the development of these Instructors this year as well.
Shinshin Toitsu Aikido Kai has also received requests for classes and workshops from Elementary and Junior High Schools. We will answer these requests by sending more Instructors on a volunteer basis to help build up the following programs:
1) Correct attitude/ posture and manners
2) Communication with Oneness of Mind and Body
3) Being able to perceive and deal with difficult/dangerous situations
These are some of the main themes that I will be teaching at workshops and seminars.
Most schools have been hoping for these workshop experiences to encourage their students to be able to learn and grow up with these valuable lessons to apply to their lives. That is why many of the schools ask us to repeat this same workshop every year.
From this year, we have also been able to acquire some sponsorship from companies who are willing to work together with us to sponsor these workshops and send more Instructors to teach not only at schools but also for community services and welfare homes to help people with learning disabilities as well as the elderly.
We will also do our best to play a bigger part in contributing more to the community this year.
We were able to start the New Year well with plus Ki with a successful Kagami Biraki Ceremony training session (the first Aikido training seminar of the year) which was held on Sunday, the 4th of January at Tochigi HQ Dojo.
To all our members, thank you very much and let us continue to support and help one another, yoro shiku onegai mōshiagemasu.